OSSN Christopher Daniels, U.S. Navy

September 11 is a day most of us will never forget. Jason Daniels was at work when he learned our nation was under attack, and his brother, Operational Specialist Seaman Christopher Daniels, was being called upon to defend it. "I was real scared for him and I called him and I did get to talk to him before he left, but he told me that he was going to New York and I, just like everyone else, didn't know what was going to happen," Jason Daniels says.

While stationed at the naval base in Norfolk, Virginia, Christopher and his unit were briefly sent to guard New York following the attacks. But soon, the Cordova resident would be needed to guard the nation. He's now aboard the USS Leyte Gulf somewhere in the Arabian Sea.

"It just makes us really proud that he's serving our country," says Christopher's mother, Linda Daniels. She is keeping a scrapbook for her son, to document the time he spent fighting for our freedom. In it, she'll place a very special letter and a picture Christopher recently sent home.

"This picture did not turn out all that great," the letter reads, "but this is the flag that was flown over the World Trade Center by the firemen after it fell. The sun was in my eyes and the wind was blowing pretty hard, so it didn't come out very good, but it was a great honor to be able to hold a flag that will probably be hanging in a museum somewhere in the next year." A piece of America's history, to remind Christopher Daniels how he fought to protect America's future.